The Daniel Fast is based on a specific fast that Daniel observed in a time of trouble. Daniel 10:2-3 says, “At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.” These three weeks had a specific association to the observance of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which take place during the first month of the year.
Some people also reference Daniel 1:8 where Daniel and his friends decline the kings delicacies. The reason being, Daniel did not want to eat the king’s delicacies because it would have included food that was forbidden by the Mosaic Law and offered to idols.
This is a great selective fast for those looking to deeply seek the Lord for direction and make a serious commitment in fervent prayer.
The most basic elements of a Daniel Fast are: fruits, nuts, vegetables, and water to drink (to flush out toxins). It can also include natural fruit juices may be included if they contain no preservatives, sugars, etc., but even those juices should be very limited. Coffee and tea are not permitted.
Below we have listed a comprehensive guide of some food options for the Daniel fast, but we encourage you to make your own commitment based on how you feel God is leading you. This is purely an informational tool.
Foods To Include:
All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon
All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers (an option if you are not allergic to soy).
All whole grains. Including, but not limited to, whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes, and popcorn.
All nuts and seeds, including, but not limited to, sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also, nut butters, e.g.
peanut butter and almond butter.
All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.
All quality oils. Including, but not limited to, olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.
Beverages: Spring water, distilled water, or other pure waters.
Other: Tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs, and spices.
Foods To Avoid:
All meat and animal products. Including, but not limited to, beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
All dairy products. Including, but not limited to, milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.
All sweeteners. Including, but not limited to, sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
All leavened bread, Including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.
All refined and processed food products. Including, but not limited to, artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
All deep fried foods. Including, but not limited to, potato chips, french fries, corn chips.
All solid fats. Including shortening, margarine, lard, and foods high in fat.
Beverages. Including, but not limited to, coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.